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One of the hardest time management rules to follow is the one that tells us to be prepared to say "no" when asked to do something that will impose on our time and tranquility.  It need not seem harsh or unkind to say no, it's really every person's prerogative.  

The next time you're asked to do something and you're about to say yes, but you really want to say no, try one of the following strategies:

1.     Begin with a soft refusal by saying, "I'm so glad you asked.  I really admire your organization, but my schedule just won't allow me to accept your offer."
2.    Be sincere and honest but as the Bible says in Proverbs 15:1, "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."  

3.    This same approach works well socially.  Perhaps you could respond, "There's no one I'd rather have lunch with " when you must turn down a date.  Or, "Jim and I always have such a wonderful time at your parties, so I'm really sorry we can't make it."

4.    The next time you get one of those telemarketing phone calls and feel like hanging up instead of dealing with the person on the other end, try saying, "That's an excellent offer, but we're not in a position to take advantage of it right now." Or, "Good idea, but I'm afraid we have to pass on it for the time being." 

By phrasing your turn down in a positive manner you can avoid hurt feelings and rude responses.  By the way, those telemarketers are only doing their job, so give the next one a break by showing a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

posted on: 8/28/2012 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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